After the August 14 front page article in Las Vegas Tribune, partially titled “Metro… facing ugly humps… cover-ups,” several blocked and unknown telephone calls have been placed to newspaper reporter Natasha Minsky’s private cell phone trying to scare and discourage her from writing articles that may expose the integrity of the present Metro police department’s administration.
After congratulating Minsky for her latest article, one caller, sounding suspiciously like a person in law enforcement, suggested that the reporter “should go buy a gun” (which gave the impression that the caller assumed the reporter does not have a gun to protect herself.) Another call came from an unknown telephone number, and that one also sounded like it came from a police officer or a family member of someone in law enforcement who may have had the blessings of a higher-up in the department.
The clearest evidence we can show that proves the cowardly behavior of the mainstream media in this town is the cover-up going on right in front of the public. Currently, the biggest lawsuit of the century is going on at the Las Vegas Federal Courthouse: an active member of the police department, a detective with 38 years of seniority, is suing his boss — Sheriff Doug Gillespie — along with 14 of the highest executives in the department’s administration.
They (Metro) have been doing for a long time. Threatening people with their life, is nothing new or invisible what this police force does on a daily basis. Shoot they have been threatening me for the past 17 years, and still will boldly tell you they are above the law and will do as they like. Maybe the paper (Tribune) should have people write in about their Ordeal’s with outlawed (Metro), and other law entities connected and protect Metro. Detective Martines is not the only person who has evidence of how this police are getting away with corruption and the like – Mark hough
The caller made this comment: “Rolando [Larraz, the owner of the newspaper] is bulletproof in this matter; they wouldn’t dare do anything to him, as he has great public exposure.” It is clear that the caller tried to play head games with the
reporter. The caller tried to make her believe that she is being used by the newspaper and further tried to convince her that the newspaper’s publisher may have assigned her to cover news stories that put her life in danger. (What? No one is supposed to be brave enough to “dare” write articles that expose the corruption of the administrative higher-ups in the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department?) The call continued: “You [the reporter], on the other hand, have painted a target on your back. You’re an excellent writer and your [news] sources are good, but you are still a contributor and don’t have the public exposure that Rolando [Tribune publisher] does.”
A man on the extension line was heard saying more things to the Las Vegas Tribune’s investigative reporter in an attempt to turn her against the very people that gave her the opportunity to expand and create a name for herself in her chosen career of journalism. Las Vegas Tribune is, so far, the only Clark County newspaper that is brave enough to expose — without compromising — the corruption that exists in the mob-style rule of the Metro police department’s administration. The clearest evidence we can show that proves the cowardly behavior of the mainstream media in this town is the cover-up going on right in front of the public. Currently, the biggest lawsuit of the century is going on at the Las Vegas Federal Courthouse: an active member of the police department, a detective with 38 years of seniority, is suing his boss — Sheriff Doug Gillespie — along with 14 of the highest executives in the department’s administration.
So why is the daily newspaper, which has more reporters in the courthouse than in the newsroom, covering up this huge case and not writing about it?
As astonishing as it sounds (and it proves this newspaper got it right one more time), another next telephone warning came with a very familiar voice, and it was very similar to the voice on previous calls. “My working relationship with LVPD is now tenuous at best.
We still communicate, but only at the very basic levels,” the caller stated, proving that the person or persons calling Las Vegas Tribune’s investigative reporter are, at the very least, connected to Metro. Another very noticeable sign that the callers are somehow connected to the police is that this newspaper and its publisher have been writing uncompromising articles exposing problems for a long time, and no one ever has been this outspoken about it. But now that a female reporter
is on the story, they call, trying to intimidate the young woman.
It is the typical male police behavior; they are not as fast to make a bold move when other men are involved, yet they become aggressive when a woman is the target.
Far too often, the public hears problems of male police officers who show their macho tendencies to abuse or hate women. Maybe it’s because some of their women betrayed them and cheated on them because of women’s frequent complaints that cops are so “involved in their job” that they don’t have time to pay enough attention to their home life or relationships. An example from reports filed earlier showed that a now-retired police sergeant, Mike Bunker, a 7-foot-tall and 300-pound cop, beat up a diminutive 5-foot-tall, 95-pound woman after he learned that his woman had cheated on him with a fellow church members and police officers co-workers. The recent telephone warning calls to reporter Minsky have prompted several changes in staffing at the newsroom. While some rumors, unconfirmed at this time, place Larraz back in the newsroom mainly to cover the courts, and city and county meetings; Minsky may shift to editorials. Calls made to Minsky were not returned by newspaper press time on Tuesday night. Larraz is away from the office this week but has been seen in the County Commissioners Chamber.